Intro: Flip Sign for Flat-panel Monitor
How to make a flip sign for a flat panel computer monitor.
Full list of instructions attached below.
Step 1: Choose Sheets
Pick out green laminated sheets. Printed sheets will be bottom pieces--it's okay to have dirty specks. Sheets that are blank on both sides will be top pieces, and they need to be mostly clean on both sides.
Step 2: Trim and Cut
Trim off side with punched holes.
Cut in half (make two 5.5" x 8.5" pieces).
Separate into pieces with print (these will be bottoms) and pieces blank on both sides (these will be tops).
Step 3: Connect Pieces
Take one top and one bottom and clip them about 1" apart on both sides (outside the green on the thin stencils).
Connect the top and bottom with 2 strips of CLEAR 1.5"- 2" wide strapping tape: about 4 to 5" long. Turn the pieces over and do the same on the back, so that no sticky part is exposed.
Step 4: Cut Bottom
Use the thick stencil to mark a slit on both sides of the bottom piece. Cut with Xacto or scissors. It's okay if the slit is over the tape--that will provide reinforcement.
Step 5: Attach Signs
Print out the Login Required.doc file (attached below).
Trim signs close to borders.
Tape signs centered on the front and back of the top piece, oriented carefully.
Step 6: Cut Support
Cut the stiff plastic in half at the bottom of the "U".
Curve the long end over and staple at the bottom.
Step 7: Shape Support
Use the thick stencil to cut the base at an angle. The top of the angle should be on the side opposite the "L" tab.
Take the piece you just cut off, turn it over to match the angle of the base, and staple the sides separately to the outside of the base.
Step 8: Attach Support
Cut down the middle of the "L" tab to where it meets the base.
Bend these new tabs in opposite directions at 90-degrees to the base.
Bend the tabs back together, stick them through the slits in the bottom piece, so that the tabs come out on the printed side.
Bend the tabs flat on the bottom piece, and staple securely.
Step 9: Install on Monitor
Tape the bottom piece securely to the back of the flat-panel monitor using blue painter's tape (so it doesn't leave sticky residue).
Check that the signs are correct in the up and down positions.